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Report Finds Most Errors at Hospitals Go Unreported
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Hospital employees recognize and report only 1 out of 7 errors, accidents, and other events that harm Medicare patients while they are hospitalized, federal investigators say in a new report. Yet, even after hospitals investigate preventable injuries and infections that have been reported, they rarely change their practices to prevent repetition of the "adverse events," according to the study, from Daniel R. Levinson, inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). More

New Medication Shortages Hit 267 Drugs in 2011, for 5th Straight Yearly Increase
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The number of new prescription drug shortages in 2011 shot up to 267, well above the prior record and about four times the number of medication shortages in the middle of the last decade. Figures just released by the University of Utah Drug Information Service, which tracks national drug shortages, show there were 56 more newly reported drug shortages in the U.S. in 2011 than in 2010, when there were 211. By contrast, there were only 58 drug shortages reported in 2004. More

Collaborating Reduces Costs of Health Care
USA Today and Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Hillsboro, Ore., collaboration is one of a small but growing number of voluntary partnerships to tackle the problems of unsatisfactory quality health care and rising costs. The efforts draw on quality-improvement models developed in manufacturing and other industries. Physicians and hospitals share cost savings with employers and insurers, and in some cases, share losses if savings targets aren't met. More

Court: Immigrants Can Join Massachusetts Health Care Plan
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Massachusetts cannot prevent tens of thousands of legal immigrants from enrolling in Commonwealth Care, the state's subsidized health care program, the state's highest court ruled. The unanimous decision by the Supreme Judicial Court, which an administration official estimated could force the state to spend an additional $150 million, came in a lawsuit filed after the Legislature made a cost-cutting move to exclude noncitizen immigrants from the program in 2009. The court said the restriction was unconstitutional. More

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Radical Collaboration    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Focused on collaboration and prevention, Alameda County, Calif., is pushing to expand health care and wellness to as many residents as possible. The county was the first nationwide to accept a federal challenge: provide health care to every child eligible under two federal programs — the Children's Health Insurance Plan and Medicaid. More expansively, Alameda County aims to lead the state in progressive reform efforts by 2014, when most provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act take effect. More

Kids Who Need Heart Surgery May Fare Better at Busier Hospitals
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Children who have heart surgery at high-volume hospitals may fare better than those who are treated in hospitals that perform fewer pediatric cardiac surgeries per year, but this is not due to volume alone. New research suggests that the busier centers are more able to spot and handle complications should they occur after heart surgery. Centers that performed more than 350 surgeries a year were considered high volume, while those that performed fewer than 150 heart surgeries in children each year were low volume. More

Physician Mind Shift: The Emergency Department in an ACO World
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In the era of accountable care, many hospitals and health systems are already driving toward more collaborative workflow. The integrated delivery network is changing significantly, and for the better. But in high-acuity care areas, such as the emergency department, the challenge of treating patients more holistically in what is already a fast-paced environment is concerning for physicians evaluating the pay-for-performance model. More

Gaps in Health Coverage Can Disrupt Preventive Care
NPR via Minnesota Public Radio    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
People without health insurance don't get enough preventive care — simple but important things like vaccinations and blood tests. But surely having insurance every now and then is better than none at all, because people can get caught up on their tests when they are covered, right? That's a widely held view, and one that would be good news to the millions of people who go on and off health insurance each year. But it's not reality, according to a new study of people with diabetes. For them, regular preventive care can mean the difference between a normal life and serious health problems like stroke, heart attack, and amputation. More

NAPH Highlights

Domestic Violence: A Burden Before and After Health Reform
Kiran Sreenivas    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
NAPH's research intern uncovers some costly truths about domestic and intimate partner violence, including the associated health conditions, resulting treatments, and role of hospitals. More

NAPH Member Hospital Welcomes a New Leader
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Mary K. Eagen joins Parkland Health & Hospital System as executive vice president and chief nursing officer. More

Find Out What's New With NAPH Members
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Broward Health North Broward Medical Center has appointed Andre Landau, M.D., F.A.C.C., as medical director of interventional cardiology. The University of California (UC) Center for Health Quality and Innovation has awarded 13 UC Health Fellowships to support projects that improve the quality and value of care provided by UC Health System. More

The World of Private Grants: Finding Funders and Putting Your Proposal Together Webinar — Jan. 17
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Register to hear Caroline Herbert, manager of multimedia and on-demand training at the Foundation Center, explain the key components of preparing proposals to submit to foundations or corporations. This webinar is a follow-up to "Strategies for Successfully Winning Foundation and Government Grants." More

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